Baltimore Canyon Via Dawn Falls Trail Loop

MODERATE 174 reviews

Baltimore Canyon Via Dawn Falls Trail Loop is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Larkspur, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
580 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

river

views

waterfall

Parking Notice: The start of this trail is at a small dirt public turn out that can accommodate up to 4 cars. Do not drive to the end of the road as there is little room to turn around. It is a very short walk up the road to the trailhead. Hike through lush wooded, fern covered canyons. Pass waterfalls and enjoy stunning SF Bay Vistas. This is a great trail to hike or run, even during or after rainfalls. For longer hike, park near Dolliver Park on Madrone Road. Walk a few blocks to Foley - take a left. Look for stairs after the third house on the left. Take a right at top of stairs and follow the narrow road until the end. There is a trail head sign for Lower Baltimore Canyon trail. Continue approx. one mile to a wooden bridge, where the Upper Baltimore Canyon trail begins. Continue .5-.75 and keep an eye out for the trail going up hill to the right. Cross the small creek and head up Lady Bug Trail to King Mt. Loop. At junction, continue straight, then go left to Wilson Trail. Cross a fire road. Turn right, heading down gravel path. For shorter hike, go left on King Mt. Loop to Dawn Falls or continue past gate on Ridgecrest Rd. Take left at Evergreen Dr. Left on Crown Rd. Becomes Blithedale Summit Fire Rd. Look for Dawn Falls Creek Trail on left just before suspension pipe.

9 days ago

Beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail I've done many times. As an alternative loop , you can continue on Dawn Falls Trail where it crosses Crown Road, continue up (it's steep!) Dawn Falls to then go left on Hoo Koo e Koo Trail which is lovely. Once on Hoo Koo e Koo, you are essentially heading in the same direction as Crown Road only you have more elevation and better views. Hoo Koo e Koo will then cross Blithedale Ridge Fire Road where you head left, down the hill, up the hill, then intersect and head left on H Line back down to rejoin Crown Road. It is the same loop but takes you higher and off Crown Road for much of the time.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail has some amazing views and is very well maintained. Not overly crowded for a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Most of the trail is shaded which makes for a very nice hike. Good elevation gain but not too strenuous as the majority of the trail uphill is switchbacks.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

We got super lost despite frequently checking the map and ending up nearly doubling the hike to get back to the car, but it was beautiful. Great views and nice tree coverage from sun. Moderate uphill to the top- good workout but not overly strenuous. I parked near the trail head, there's room for about three cars and only one was there even on a Sunday afternoon. However also plenty of parking on the street about a quarter mile below the trail head as well.

5 months ago

Neat 1.5mi loop hike along some narrow paths if you take your first R into the hill from the fire road. Moderate, my 8yr old did fine. Take a picture of the map when you first walk in to reference later.

5 months ago

This is a great trail to take refuge in the cool redwoods and Bay Laurels on hot days. It is magnificent after a good rain when the water is running well through the creek and waterfall. This trail also connects to other trails including Hoo Koo I koo and King's Mountain.

hiking
6 months ago

This place is extremely beautiful. Obviously there aren't any falls at the moment, not even a trickle of water but the hike itself and the redwood trees are still a site to see. My group actually started at the end of Madrone which is the beginning of the loop, so we skipped that long mile of walking behind backyards. If you're lucky you'll find parking like we did right next to the trailhead. We started late at 3:30pm and ended at 5:45pm but the sun was still up. The map is super helpful. The last trail you get on which is that Santa something...is a very steep downhill and the leaves make it slippery. Definitely will come back in the right season for the falls though! Loved it!

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail through a redwood forest. As other reviews mentioned, it passes people's backyards for the first mile or so. Doesn't feel intrusive though, they are on the other side of a creek for the most part. There are some cool houses and part of the fun was seeing those. Other reviews were correct about the confusing 'no entry' sign near the parking lot, seems like everyone just ignores that. Saw 2 rangers, plan for dog leash rules to be enforced. The trail as shown in the app has several turning points that aren't well marked, we had to turn back a couple of times. Saw a decent number of people, but it wasn't crowded.

hiking
7 months ago

Fantastic shady hike

trail running
8 months ago

There is a small dirt road and limited parking. You will see a sign saying stop but go just ahead and you'll find parking. I recommend running first towards Dawn Falls then hitting the switchbacks up then loop back around following fire trail. Keep an eye out for your trail marker heading back down. Pretty steep descent take it slow. Then you'll reach the trail you started on and follow it and the creek back towards your parked car. Super shady and creek runs well during rainy season. Dawn Falls itself is a very impressive little waterfall but does dry up quickly in late spring. Great trail with elevation gains. Cool redwoods, covered forest, water features and well paved fire trail. 5 mile balloon loop trail.

8 months ago

Low key and chill

hiking
9 months ago

10 months ago

GORGEOUS. Just far enough off the beaten path without including any pavement. I wish the trails were marked a little more clearly as it intersected with several small neighborhood trails and that confused an amateur hiker such as myself.

Would love to come back when I have more time to be able to "get lost" and check it out more.

The falls were also great with the recent rains.

10 months ago

great trail.

11 months ago

Beautiful hike with the pup!

hiking
11 months ago

Great trail! Having a large Pit, it can be very difficult to find a place where people aren't afraid of my dog. Besides a few instances, Blue received a lot of love! There were some tight spaces which made maneuvering with a large dog a little difficult. I wanted to do a photo shoot and there is plenty to see out here! I want to do a very early morning hike one of these days. I will definitely be back for more.

hiking
Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Great Hike - even in the rain - interesting to be walking so close to houses at the start - Green everywhere - just pass the falls, i kept going up to the Hoo-Koo-E-Kool trail, amazing views of the Bay and Richmond Bridge

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

I went a day after it rained and it was so beautiful!

hiking
Monday, November 07, 2016

For the first mile or so, you're basically in people's backyards. But the rest of the hike is secluded and beautiful. Steep in parts, and you can really make this hike as long or short as you want it to be.

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